A Gathering of Remembrance for Edward A. Thistlethwaite, age 90, will begin at 1:00 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas. The Reverend Benny Reppond will conduct the service. Mr. Thistlethwaite, a resident of Washington, LA, died on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at his residence with his loving family by his side. Ed, a longtime pilot, served his country honorably by enlisting with the United States Army Air Corp as a pilot in May of 1942 during World War II. He holds a European Theatre Ribbon and a Purple Heart. He completed 25 combat missions with the 339th Fighter Group. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for 11 months, but escaped in April of 1945. Later, he owned and operated Star Dusters, a crop dusting business, in Washington, LA for 30 years. Ed was a member of the Elks Lodge #1048 and a graduate of Louisiana State University as a Mechanical Engineer. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his daughter, Dona Thistlethwaite of Washington, LA; his son, Lex Thistlethwaite and wife, Mary, of Opelousas, LA; his grandchildren, Christina, Vincent and Gino Marino and Alex Thistlethwaite all of Baton Rouge, LA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ginny Thistlethwaite; his long time companion, Thelma Culbertson; his parents, John and Charlotte Thistlethwaite; his brothers, John, Hugh and Lote Thistlethwaite and his sister, Dona Umland. Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com. Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas (2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, La. 70570, (337) 942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
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Published in The Advocate from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2012